If you are travelling on a low budget and are worried you won’t make it through your trip without digging into money you don’t want to touch, I have advised a list of the core essentials that will save you a ton of money!
From Heathrow Airport to London centre, if you can avoid catching a shuttle bus (unless you get a good deal – go for it!) or taxi, catch the Heathrow express (I advise you do this – taxi from Heathrow to London can average around 80-100 pounds). It is a 15 minute journey and takes you right into Paddington Station. Click here for other transfers from Heathrow Airport London.
From Gatwick Airport to London centre, catch the Gatwick express. The travel time is 30 minutes and takes you right into Victoria Station, London. Click here for more airport transfers from Gatwick Airport.
When in London, avoid taking taxis, I repeat, avoid taking taxis. London is an extremely busy city so taking a taxi will be expensive and a waste of time. The best way to get around is by the London Tube System or bus. This link will give you more information on getting around London.
2. Hostels and/or hotels with like minded travellers
Once in London, first things first, finding a place to stay. When you are travelling on a low budget, you can never be too picky about accommodation. Of course staying somewhere safe with hot water is key, but things such as the internet and T.V is not a necessity when it comes to travelling. Internet today is about as popular as water, free and you can find it anywhere.
For Ideas on cheap accommodation check out, Covent Garden Travelodge (close to the action however has no internet) and the Royal National Hotel (which I found friendly, also includes breakfast) which is filled with like-minded travellers on a budget, because it is cheap, a few hundred metres walk to a tube station (Russell Square, Holborn and Goodge Street) and popular amongst young travellers as it is recommended by Contiki.
3. Daytime adventures in London
London is a huge city with so much to see and do, therefore walking can become savage and very tiring. The London Hop on Hop off is the best way to see London. There are several routes to choose taking you to all the famous London icons.
Click on this website for details on the London Hop on Hop off.
Being in London and going to the theatre is a must (Wicked and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… Bucket List TICK!!) This can be pricey, so be sure to buy your tickets online which could save you a pound or two. Check it out here.
You could also check out Madame Tussauds, London Eye, Kensington Palace, Oxford Street (shopping, shopping and more shopping) and even the five story oldest toy shop in the world, Hamleys Toy Store (Regent Street – Tube stop; Oxford Circus).
London can be expensive when it comes to attractions, so be sure to keep £50 aside so you are able to experience some attractions London is famous for.
Coming to the end of your London stay and running out of money? How about go on a picnic in Hyde Park or Green Park (right next to Buckingham Palace). I promise it won’t disappoint!
The Changing of the Guards is another free and very enjoyable event to watch. I have made this a tradition when being in London to see this at least once. Check out their timetable here and make sure to stop by and check it out.
4. Day Trips from London
London is a huge city and yes there is heaps to do. But if you have done the city and want to check out what else England has to offer don’t miss out on doing some day trips from London. If you are on a low budget trip and/or don’t have long in England, a day trip here and there to other beautiful towns and villages is the way to go.
Check out my post about 5 of my personal favourite day trips from London.